On the surface, dental implants can sound intimidating, but they are not as scary as they sound. Learning about these key facts can help you better understand what dental implants really are.
- Dental implants are defined as “metal posts or frames that are surgically positioned into the jawbone beneath your gums. Once in place, they allow your dentist to mount replacement teeth onto them.”
- According to the AARP, 69 percent of Americans ages 35 to 44 have at least one missing tooth, and one in four over the age of 74 have lost ALL their natural teeth. Although that sounds scary, there are options that help with this problem and dental implants are one of those solutions. Implants look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
- “But, what are the other benefits of implants?” Implants provide stable support because they fuse to your jawbone. If you happen to need dentures or bridges, the dental implants won’t slip or move around in your mouth. It is also the only dental option that stimulates the natural bone and can prevent bone loss.
- Dental implants can’t get cavities! Crowns and replacement teeth don’t decay like your natural teeth. That said, you still should brush and floss in the area to prevent gum inflammation and bone loss.
If you are thinking about getting dental implants and would like more information about the process, call our team at Pine Tree Dental at 207-781-4216